Syracuse is a Sweet 16 sleeper

first_imgThe little guys of March have all been eliminated from the NCAA Tournament.Thanks for the memories, Stephen F. Austin, Middle Tennessee and Arkansas-Little Rock.In many ways, this postseason fiasco is all about the little guys. Their magic against the powerhouses never fails to appease college basketball fans’ morbid fascination with seeing their brackets crumble.And while this Sweet 16 features exactly zero real underdogs, there is one particularly intriguing team still hanging around.Of course we see you, Syracuse.The Orange racked up 13 losses on the season. This meant that Jim Boeheim’s not-so-star-studded team was on the bubble to even make the field of 68. However, after its self-imposed postseason ban just a year ago, ’Cuse squeezed its way into the tourney and now has officially completed its return to primetime.Because of Northern Iowa’s historic collapse against Texas A&M, Syracuse is really the last team remaining that truly feels like an enigma.Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Duke also finished with 10 or more losses this season, but these teams were grabbing headlines with regularity. The Wisconsin hype train was fairly calm this season after the Badgers’ postseason run a year ago, but Notre Dame and Duke always seem to find the limelight.Syracuse’s season was a different story.The Orange’s four-game skid in the middle of the season certainly didn’t help this group leap to the forefront of media attention, nor did the team’s losing five of its last six games leading up to the NCAA Tournament.Many fans likely saw the perennial powerhouse casually hanging out in the bottom right corner of the bracket and didn’t think much of it. Yet although Syracuse-Dayton appeared the definition of a tossup, the Orange clobbered the Flyers.Surely Boeheim’s team didn’t have the ability to compete with Michigan State in the second game. Well, the Spartans somehow lost by nine to a sneaky good Middle Tennessee bunch. This set up nicely for ‘Cuse, who wrecked the Cinderella team from Murfreesboro, Tennessee.Next up for Michael Gbinije and Malachi Richardson: Gonzaga. Gbinije and Richardson are Syracuse’s two leading scorers, but this team has flown so far under the radar that these names don’t really resonate like, say, Carmelo Anthony, Scoop Jardine or C.J Fair. The Bulldogs of Gonzaga cruised into the tournament as an 11-seed and simply dominated two quality teams in Seton Hall and Utah en route to the Sweet 16.While this may look like a friendly draw for the good folks from Spokane, the admonition from a completely neutral columnist at a student publication is very real. Proceed with caution. Syracuse does not have a tremendous amount of pressure heaped upon its shoulders. Its zone seemingly always gives opposing coaches headaches in March and its balanced scoring at the offensive end represents a well-rounded, versatile attack.The Carrier Dome, traditionally a cathedral of college basketball greatness, was seemingly just another gym this season. In fact, this middling ACC team was actually treated as such. ‘Cuse went .500 in conference play and looked perfectly average, yet these guys appear to be hitting stride at the perfect time.As a program, having storylines — or even a roster — begging for television exposure during December obviously gets you nowhere in March. ‘Cuse is a legitimately dangerous team that could manage to escape the Midwest region if this upward trajectory continues against a talented Gonzaga side.Josh Cohen is a sophomore majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. His column, “Cohen’s Corner,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

Dodgers can’t hold two-run lead, lose series opener to Giants

first_img Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger breaks up a double play as San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik falls on top of him in the second inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, in San Francisco. Yasiel Puig was safe at first base. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu works against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu works against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford, right, is congratulated by third base coach Ron Wotus (23) after hitting a home run off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford celebrates after hitting a home run off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu works against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu wipes his face with his jersey after giving up a home run to San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu works against the San Francisco Giants in the second inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)San Francisco Giants pitcher Derek Holland works against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 27: Kyle Farmer #17 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single in the second inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on April 27, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 27: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a RBI double in the fourth innig against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on April 27, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 27: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by Cody Bellinger #35 after he scored on a hit by Yasiel Puig #66 in the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on April 27, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu swings for a two-run double off San Francisco Giants’ Derek Holland during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 27: Derek Holland #45 of the San Francisco Giants is taken out of the game by manager Bruce Bochy in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park on April 27, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu works against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 27: Andrew McCutchen #22 and Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants congratulate Kelby Tomlinson #37 after he scored in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park on April 27, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 27: Gorkys Hernandez #7 of the San Francisco Giants runs home to score on a balk by Pedro Baez #52 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh inning at AT&T Park on April 27, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 27: Tony Cingrani #54 of the Los Angeles Dodgers scratches his head after giving up a RBI double to Kelby Tomlinson #37 of the San Francisco Giants in the seventh inning at AT&T Park on April 27, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 27: Pedro Baez #52 and Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watch Gorkys Hernandez #7 of the San Francisco Giants score on a balk by Baez in the seventh inning at AT&T Park on April 27, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 27: Gorkys Hernandez #7 of the San Francisco Giants hits a RBI single in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park on April 27, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger breaks up a double play as San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik falls on top of him in the second inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, in San Francisco. Yasiel Puig was safe at first base. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)NextShow Caption1 of 20Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger breaks up a double play as San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik falls on top of him in the second inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, in San Francisco. Yasiel Puig was safe at first base. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)ExpandSAN FRANCISCO — The Dodgers should probably consider switching to Verizon. Dave Roberts definitely needed a new plan Friday night.The Dodgers took a two-run lead into the bottom of the seventh inning Friday night – thanks primarily to Hyun-Jin Ryu – but bungled it away and lost to the San Francisco Giants 6-4.The Dodgers have now lost 23 of their last 33 games at AT&T Park, often in similarly unsettling ways. Clayton Kershaw has started seven of the 10 victories in that stretch. He is not scheduled to pitch in this four-game series.Even more recently, the Dodgers have stumbled through this week looking nothing like a 100-win team or the defending National League champions. While losing two of three to the lowly Miami Marlins and now the opener in San Francisco, the bullpen upon which they rely so heavily has given up 12 runs in 13-1/3 innings and twice committed costly balks. Toss in a three-error game during which shortstop Corey Seager suffered a slip-and-fall injury while chasing a pop-up. The trouble started in the seventh inning when Roberts went to Tony Cingrani.The left-hander started the season with a strong run, striking out 15 of the first 29 batters he faced. But a balk call ruined his night Tuesday and Cingrani was off from the start against the Giants.Brandon Belt dropped a bunt against the shift to start the inning. After a wild pitch moved him to second, Kike’ Hernandez made an excellent play cutting down the lead runner on a grounder to shortstop.By the time Cingrani walked Brandon Crawford to put two runners on he had lost 2-3 mph off his fastball (which had been averaging 93.5 mph this season). Roberts and a trainer came out to check on Cingrani who told them he was fine.But Roberts had no one warming up (in the bullpen, at least) even as right-handed Gorkys Hernandez came up against Cingrani. Hernandez singled in one run and Roberts stuck with Cingrani, preferring to have him face the switch-hitting Pablo Sandoval right-handed or the left-handed Gregor Blanco if the Giants went to their bench. Instead, pinch-hitter Kelby Tomlinson – another right-handed batter – tied the score with a double off Cingrani before Baez (who had been throwing in the batting cage under the stands) finally made it out to the bullpen and entered the game.“I felt really good about Tony in that spot,” Roberts said. “As the at-bats kept going on, the velocity seemed to dip a little bit and he was working from behind. … I had the trainer go out and he said he was fine. He just didn’t have it tonight. His last pitch I think was 90.“He said he had sort of a dead arm and it just wasn’t coming out tonight.”When Roberts finally went to Baez it was to face Joe Panik – a left-handed hitter who has hit much better against right-handed pitching this season than lefties (8 for 44).  The Dodgers had two left-handed relievers (Adam Liberatore and Scott Alexander) available, but neither warmed up.Roberts explained the decision by saying Alexander is “not your typical lefty” in terms of splits against left-handed batters and he was “trying to stay away” from Liberatore, who pitched in two of the three games against the Marlins and warmed up three times in the other one.“At that point in time, it’s one hitter to get out of the inning and Petey, when he’s throwing the ball right, he gets righties and lefties out,” Roberts said. “That’s just the case. He’s done it his entire career.”Related Articles The Dodgers actually needed two outs to get out of the inning at that point. It didn’t matter. Panik turned out to be the least of Baez’s problems.Instead, Baez balked the winning run in from third base when he stumbled as he planted his front foot on the mound. Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day “(The mound) seemed to be a little muddy,” Baez said through an interpreter. “When I went to step, I kind of got caught up in the mud.”Two pitches later, Panik padded the Giants’ lead with a sacrifice fly.The Dodgers had no response. They packed all their scoring into the fourth inning – an inning that also saw Matt Kemp leave the game with tightness in his left quadriceps muscle – and went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position as five Giants relievers combined to hold them scoreless over the final 5-2/3 innings. Friday’s pratfall highlight came during the Giants’ decisive four-run seventh inning when reliever Pedro Baez stumbled off the mound, releasing the ball into the grass of the infield. That balk brought the go-ahead run in from third.“It’s disjointed,” Roberts said of his team’s performance over the season’s first four weeks. “I think, yeah, you can talk about how hard our guys are playing. But it definitely comes down to performance and execution, absolutely. And this is enough of a sample and we’re too good of a ballclub for things like that to happen.“Tonight with the balk, that’s a freak thing, very unexpected. But – there’s a point where you’ve still got to find ways to get wins.”Ryu tried to point the way. He drove in the go-ahead runs with a two-run double in the fourth inning and handed a 4-2 lead over to the bullpen in the sixth. 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Lillian Lola Lintecum, 93, Winfield: Sept. 25, 1921 – January 2, 2015

first_imgLillian Lola LintecumLillian Lola Lintecum, age 93, of Winfield, formerly of the Mayfield and Wellington area, died  at William Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield on Friday, January 2, 2015.Lillian Lola (Carithers) Lintecum was born on September 25, 1921 in Pretty Prairie, KS to Calvin J. Carithers and Edith (Harter) Carithers.  She was raised in Pretty Prairie and was a graduate of Pretty Prairie High School.Lillian married Murl O. Lintecum on November 1, 1941 in Hutchinson.  He preceded her in death in 2004.  She enjoyed visiting with her family and friends, traveling, bingo, game shows, puzzles, sewing, and embroidery work.She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Murl; three children, Stephen Lintecum, Deanna “Dee Dee” Lintecum, and Roger Lintecum; sisters, Cleo Wiens, Leota Meng, Ellen Wiard, and Norma Black; and brothers, Donald Carithers and Guy Carithers.Survivors include her four children, Jim Lintecum of Halstead, KS, Dana Lintecum of Winfield, KS, Terri Lintecum of Lawrence, KS, and Sandy Price of Wichita, KS; brother, Calvin Carithers; grandchildren, Rochelle, Bryan, Cam, Ashley, Robin, Misty, Jennifer, Tagg, Matt, and Ollie; 13 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.Graveside Services will be held at the Osborne Cemetery in Mayfield, KS on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 11:00 A.M.  Pastor Val Warman will officiate.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, January 9, 2015 from 1:00 – 8:00 P.M.A memorial has been established with the American Diabetes Association in lieu of flowers.  Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more